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$90 million factory expansion near Orange sees 300 now employed



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By staff reporter


About 20 new jobs have been created as part of a $90 million expansion of a major factory in our region.


The expansion, unveiled on Friday, will also prove a boon to cats across the Central West.



The investment into the Nestle Purina plant in Blayney now sees it employ more than 300 people and support more than 60 businesses and contractors in western NSW.

Factory manager Charlene De Wit said the expansion would boost the plant’s production capacity.




“Our expanded facilities will allow us to scale up production of single serve wet cat food by over 120 per cent, as well as the dry cat and dog food we already produce,” De Wit said.

The opening brings Nestlé’s total investment in the factory to more than $200 million over the past 10 years.



She said the cat food facility, opened in 2014, was developed to create premium products.



The Nestle factory in Blayney. Google.

The expansion will allow the plant to be a key regional supplier, with both wet and dry pet food exported from Blayney to New Zealand, Thailand and Japan.




More than 85 per cent of raw materials used at the Nestlé Blayney factory will be sourced locally, including meats and grains.


The Nestlé factory in Blayney began operations in 1989, and now makes brands including Felix, Fancy Feast, Pro Plan, Supercoat and Purina One.

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